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« on: June 13, 2007, 11:57 »
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I want to research Istock exclusivity, so I prepared two polls. I would be really happy, if you guys take part in it. I will make the results public after I got a decent amount of people who  took part in it. That might ease the decision of becoming exclusive or not. Thanx for filling out! Just a few questions and you do not have to write anything if you do not want to, its multiple choice :)

This one here is for photographers who are not exclusive with Istock: Click here

An this one is for photographers who are exclusive with Istockphoto: Click here


« Last Edit: June 13, 2007, 12:59 by Freezingpictures »


« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2007, 12:27 »
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OK, I filled up the NON-exclusive questionnaire.

My biggest reason for not going exclusive is that rejected images get absolutely no chance of selling. I just had a sale at BS (they accept 97% of my pics) of a picture that got rejected from the big players for various reasons.


« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2007, 12:38 »
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Filled up!
Regards

« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2007, 12:55 »
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Interesting survey, I look forward to seeing the results.

« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2007, 13:04 »
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Argh...SurveyMonkey appears to be down.  Can't get to the page.  I'll keep trying though!

« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2007, 13:45 »
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Done[/size][/color]

« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2007, 15:01 »
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Great! Thank you! I've got allready 14 for non exclusive. But only one for the exclusive photographers. I hope some more exclusive photographers would vote to get some more data. I hope to get up to a hundred votes for each poll,so keep going :), however I am not sure from where to get all the exclusive photographers... 

« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2007, 15:46 »
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took the poll a little while ago

« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2007, 16:09 »
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ditto

« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2007, 16:15 »
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however I am not sure from where to get all the exclusive photographers... 
Try the Yahoo microstock forum.  They have a few more exclusives there.

« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2007, 16:56 »
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About going exclusive, this is something that at the moment doesn't seem advantageous, given that I have good sales elsewhere.  Also I would have to give up the macrostock market, in which I have a different portfolio.

Regards,
Adelaide

« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2007, 17:07 »
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...SurveyMonkey does not like me today...

« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2007, 19:02 »
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I always planned to be exclusive at iStock.  But as I approach the 500 sales hurdle I keep thinking about eggs and baskets......

« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2007, 21:52 »
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i filled up as non-exclusive in istock....

maybe u can go to istock, see who is exclusive and send them a link to the survey and ask them to fill it??? Just a thgt.....

« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2007, 03:56 »
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I'am a newbie exlusive iStocker ;), so I can not explain any experiences about this. When I have a little bit experience there I will share with you.

Regards

« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2007, 08:53 »
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I filled out the non-exclusive survey.  Can't wait to see the results.   :)

« Reply #16 on: June 15, 2007, 15:10 »
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Thanks again and thank you for the suggestions about where to get some more exclusives to take part in the poll. Just an update: up to now I have 73 non-exclusives and 9 exclusives who filled out the poll.

I asked at Istockphoto, they do not allow me to ask in the forum or sitemail people.
I posted in Yahoo groups and got some responses allready. Lets hope to get some more exclusive to take part in the poll, their answers are probably the most interesting.

Here already some information ahead of time I myself am quite surprised. From the non exclusive photographers almost 25% do think about signing up at IS for exclusivity one time in the future.

And 68% would not upload more if there was an higher upload limit.


« Reply #17 on: June 15, 2007, 16:01 »
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My biggest reason for not going exclusive is that rejected images get absolutely no chance of selling.

FP - filled out the non.

Solid point, Maco!!  You can't argue with that.  I've got pix that  IS rejected that have sold literally hundreds of times with other outfits. Why would I squelch those sales? 
    Let me be clear,  I'm a newbie with IS, and I'm now running around 75-80% acceptance, which I am happy with there... but I only send them what already sells well on SS & StockXpert.  So those 20-25% they reject would be useless if I were exclusive.....   being non-exclusive,  I'm making nice money on them.
      No doubt there are many good reasons to be exclusive as well. Foremost, it sure would seem to be a lot less work.    8)-tom

« Reply #18 on: June 15, 2007, 16:37 »
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I just finished taking the non-exclusive survey.  Look forward to the results!

« Reply #19 on: June 17, 2007, 02:10 »
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My biggest reason for not going exclusive is that rejected images get absolutely no chance of selling.

FP - filled out the non.

Solid point, Maco!!  You can't argue with that.  I've got pix that  IS rejected that have sold literally hundreds of times with other outfits. Why would I squelch those sales? 
    Let me be clear,  I'm a newbie with IS, and I'm now running around 75-80% acceptance, which I am happy with there... but I only send them what already sells well on SS & StockXpert.  So those 20-25% they reject would be useless if I were exclusive.....   being non-exclusive,  I'm making nice money on them.
      No doubt there are many good reasons to be exclusive as well. Foremost, it sure would seem to be a lot less work.    8)-tom

Be sneaky sign up with another agency using an alias and upload all the rejects there. I'm pretty sure their are some people who do that. Anoher way of doing it is put all you stock on IS and editorial images on shutterstock.

« Reply #20 on: June 17, 2007, 07:36 »
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Be sneaky sign up with another agency using an alias and upload all the rejects there. I'm pretty sure their are some people who do that. Anoher way of doing it is put all you stock on IS and editorial images on shutterstock.

Are you serious or did you just miss to include some smilies?

vicu

« Reply #21 on: June 17, 2007, 08:31 »
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Be sneaky sign up with another agency using an alias and upload all the rejects there. I'm pretty sure their are some people who do that. Anoher way of doing it is put all you stock on IS and editorial images on shutterstock.

Are you serious or did you just miss to include some smilies?

It's hard to cash checks using a fake name. ;)

« Reply #22 on: June 17, 2007, 13:53 »
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Be sneaky sign up with another agency using an alias and upload all the rejects there. I'm pretty sure their are some people who do that. Anoher way of doing it is put all you stock on IS and editorial images on shutterstock.

Are you serious or did you just miss to include some smilies?

It's hard to cash checks using a fake name. ;)

And it would be easy to get caught, by someone searching using other sites using your IS keywords (unless you used different keywords on other sites, which would not be very easy to do, if you wanted good key words on all sites). And you would be breaking a legal contract with iStock, they could sue you, and they would certainly kick you off IS.

« Reply #23 on: June 17, 2007, 14:01 »
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took the poll finally.  will be fun to see the results.

« Reply #24 on: June 17, 2007, 21:48 »
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LOL....  I'm pretty sure KiwiRob was kidding!

I've got a question for the experts out there.  My landscape work is being used on an ongoing basis by a magazine publisher in the northeast U.S.
Here's my dumb question.   
      If I were exclusive to any microstock agency,  would I be able to sell my own pictures I had uploaded on their site without violating an agreeement with that microsite?  I wouldn't be able to sell them on any other micro agency,  would I even be able to sell them on my own?
      yeah, I really have and I.Q. of  148,  but this one baffles me.  I'm sure the answer is simple and I'll feel stupid.... but ... go ahead and let me have it.             LOL 8)-tom


 

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